Your Thanksgiving Turkey: Fried Go-eth Before a Fall?
This is America. We deep-fry stuff--some good, some not so good, and some just plain weird. But among the innumerable delicacies boiled in oil, few can compare to the king of grease-pit beasts, the deep-fried turkey.
While the basic formula is simple--turkey + oil x heat = delicious!—the reality is that turkey frying also can be a recipe for danger. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. But if you do insist on frying your turkey at home, here are a few safety tips:
- Cook outdoors—be sure your frying apparatus is a safe distance from any buildings or trees, and not on a wooden structure (such as a deck or patio).
- Be sure your turkey is completely thawed before cooking
- Avoid hot oil spill over by first filling the pot with cold oil and then lowering the turkey in to determine whether you need to remove or add any oil. (Also, when you lower the bird into hot oil, turn off the flame to prevent a flare-up if any oil spills over the rim.)
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy—and NEVER use water to put out an oil fire! Wear shoes and long sleeves/pants to prevent burns from spattering oil.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!